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#671: Tension

February 21, 2012

Notes from the Manager

If you ignored my note above and don't know what's going on, that's because this is part two of a six-part crossover between Dave Willis's Shortpacked! and Multiplex — which we're calling “Multipacked!” — so head over to Shortpacked! to read Part One.

Before anyone asks: yes, our webcomics take place in different cities. We're just gonna handwave that and say that in the Multiplex universe, there's a version of Shortpacked! in Chicago, and in the Shortpacked! universe, there's a version of Multiplex in San Francisco. (I had Jason turn up there once before, for a Shortpacked! guest comic that I did a little over a year ago, so I guess that's Multiplex canon now.)

The Shortpacked!/Multiplex crossover started on Monday over at Shortpacked!, and we'll alternate for the next few days — so Multiplex today (duh), SP! on Wednesday, Multiplex on Thursday, and then conclude on Friday with strips at both sites. (Dave's Friday comic will be first chronologically.) I'll see you tomorrow over at Shortpacked! and then back here on Thursday!

Dear New Visitors from Shortpacked!

If you're new to Multiplex, I generally recommend starting from the beginning, but as you all know, the first year or two of a long-running webcomic are rarely indicative of its eventual quality, so if you'd rather get a feel for what the strip evolves into, maybe start at Chapter 26 instead.


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So I finished my Master of Fine Arts degree—technically as of March 31, although I’m still working on a couple of assistantships. But I got my diploma in the mail today.

This is one of the weirder things I did in grad school. It was a project I did for a Graphic Design Studio class, and the only stipulation was that you had to make a collection of… something. I chose to do a “collection” of twelve books that shaped who I am as a person. Not necessarily books that I still hold dear, but that really connected with me when I read them.

So, I call it an autobiography, although obviously it’s not. I decided to make a story scroll using clippings from these books, cut and pasted to build a NEW story (a creation story). I made scroll handles for it from wooden dowels (painted bronze) and bronze drawer handles on all four ends.

It was roughly 6¾ feet long if you completely unrolled the scroll, so I’ll only show the first bit here. You can click through to the Patreon page I posted it on a couple of years ago if you want to read the whole thing. I made it public so anyone can see it.

The books are (in no particular order): The Book of Job, translated by Stephen Mitchell; The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; Cages by Dave McKean; Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood; Epileptic by David B; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechen; Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts; and The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. (The Pooh books are technically two separate volumes, so it’s really thirteen, but I now own a single-volume collection of them. I also read Justice League in the issues first, not TPB, so whatever.)

Enjoy! Or just kind of squint your eyes and wonder why this is something that graduate students spend their time doing. But hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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